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Old 09-22-2009, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This isn't something I'd ever thought I'd see: The FCC has a good idea for once in their miserable, blighted lives. And now the GOP is trying to block it. While I'm usually against restrictions that single out particular industries, ISP access is ultimately controlled through a very small number of channels, resulting in a near-monopoly of service situation that I think requires government control, much in the same way we regulate phone lines to ensure fair business practice. It would also hel if they'd provided a better argument for their position then "Net-neutrality will stifle innovation." "How?" "Shut up, that's how." I live in Mass, and therefore at least 5,000,000,000 miles away from the nearest republican senator, but if you happen to live in any of these states, email them and tell them the cut the crap.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Repubs hate an informed,free thinking populace....
The USA's government is in no way infiltrated infiltrated by bible thumpers. I believe if we want to progress as a society we have to watch for things like this. At one time todays conservative was yesterdays liberal.
Old 09-23-2009, 07:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Eh, you might be taking it too far. I doubt ISP's interest in this is political, it's corporate. They have a longstanding desire to bottleneck traffic to sites that are bad for them and their partners, like The Pirate Bay. It makes perfect sense, if Comcast/Verizon/Whoever could limit service to a site that uses up huge amounts of bandwidth and pisses off their media partners by violating their copyrights, why WOULDN'T they? I would have no problem with that, except Pirate Bay isn't technically illegal, very few 'undesirable' sites are. Therefore you would have to give someone the ability to decide which sites aren't deserving of 'full' bandwidth privileges ISPs (Bad. Some ISP, AOL I believe, had already been caught limiting bandwidth to the sites of rival ISPs) or the government (Worse, basically a mild form of censorship) That's what the ISPs want: a relatively small percentage of internet users use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth, and that bandwidth goes to things the ISP either doesn't want to be involved with, like peer-to-peer trading, or doesn't consider it worthwhile, like online gaming. Trying to use it as a political tool would result in an immediate and severe backlash. A few years back Verizon tried to deny NARAL, a pro-abortion group, a fast-text number, e.g. Text to 55555 now! Not deny them the right to text, just the fast-text number. They were browbeaten into submission almost immediately, those kinds of shenanigans can't fly today.

In most cases a free market will correct things like that with competition. E.G. US Airways pissed people off by charging for water. US Airways started losing business to competitors, and ended the practice. But given that all internet access ultimately comes under the control of a very limited number of people, and creating a 'new' internet is hardly feasible, it would be impossible for any new company to compete by offering service without those restrictions, so that form of self-correction is impossible.

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